LONDON -- Two-time Olympic silver medalist Louis Smith apologized Monday for a video in which he and a fellow gymnast appear to mock Islam.Smith and Luke Carson are shown in a leaked video laughing and pretending to pray while shouting Allahu Akbar, or Arabic for God is greatest.I am deeply sorry for the recent video you may have seen, Smith said in a statement posted on Twitter. I recognize the severity of my mistake and hope it can be used as an example of how important it is to respect others at all times. I have learnt a valuable life lesson and I wholeheartedly apologize.A British tabloid published a clip from the video that was taken at a hotel wedding reception.Smith, 27, won silver medals in the pommel horse at the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. He also won bronze in the pommel horse at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a team bronze in London.Carson, who has competed for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games and other international events, retired last year because of injuries. He also reportedly apologized.Britains national gymnastics federation said it would investigate the incident, with Smith and Carson both facing possible sanctions.British Gymnastics does not condone the mocking of any faith or religion and is appalled by such behaviors, the federation said. Members who break our code of conduct can face suspension or expulsion from our organization.The Muslim Council of Britain welcomed the federations move.This behavior by leading and decorated sportspeople is sadly a confirmation of how Islamophobia has become acceptable. 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The imbalance, while better, was still there. His speech improved, but vision and hearing issues persisted.Months after the blow that caused his concussion, Rudy Ayala still had significant symptoms.Though he loved playing football, the lingering problems, along with watching a friend suffer a similar injury, led Ayala to make a difficult decision: He walked away from football.I just realized the damage that can happen to your brain with a big blow like that and I didnt want it to happen again, Ayala said.The NFL and NCAA have taken steps toward preventing, identifying and treating concussions in recent years. The practices used on those levels have trickled down to high schools, where coaches are getting better concussion-recognition training, limitations have been put on head to head impacts and treatment protocols have been established.At the same time, concussions are still a substantial issue in high schools, in part because there are so many more players at that level than in the college and professional ranks combined.The National Federation of High School Associations has guidelines for concussions, including management of athletes who exhibit symptoms and an online concussion course developed with help from the Centers for Disease Control.But the reach only goes so far; there are just too many schools, too many players and too many variations from state to state and school district to school district to make sure concussions are being treated in a uniform manner.The fact that were talking about treatment of concussions is an advancement, said Dr. Javier Cardenas, a neurologist at the Barrow Neurological Institutes Concussion and Brain Injury Center. That said, theres clearly more left to be done.Inconsistencies in the availability of athletic trainers can make it difficult.Having coaches and parents with concussion awareness is a big step, but athletic trainers have a deeper, more clinical understanding of what to look for and what needs to be done after a head injury.Most big school districts can afford to have athletic trainers at every school. Smaller districts may have a trainer who serves multiple schools or none at all.Nationally, about 55 percent of schools have a full-time athletic trainer, according to the National Athletic Trainers Association. Arizona has one of the highest rates at 60 percent and California, in part because of licensing issues, is around 20 percent.If theres one thing that a school can do to improve the safety, it is to have an athletic trainer, Cardenas said. But thats not always possible.Games have a higher rate of concussions due to the increased intensity and larger impacts, with 1.86 per 1,000 athlete exposures, according to a Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics study. From an overall standpoint, more concussions occur in practice, a logical progression since there are far more practices than games.Ayala suffered his concussion while practicing the day befoore a game in August 2014.ddddddddddddA defensive lineman on Tempe High Schools junior varsity team, he was injured while tackling a teammate during warmups and the coaches sent for the schools athletic trainer. When Ayala collapsed while trying to stand up, the trainer called paramedics and rushed him to the hospital.I saw him, he wasnt looking right, said Ayalas mother, Teresa. He was just acting weird and I said somethings not right with him. It was very scary.At the hospital, doctors ran a battery of tests and scans to make sure nothing catastrophic had occurred with the impact. The presentation of the concussion was typical, so doctors sent Ayala home.His odyssey was just beginning.Ayala suffered intense headaches, had problems with his hearing and vision, particularly in bright light. He also had trouble with his speech, issues with sleeping and struggled with his balance, often needing to catch himself on a wall after stumbling.Ayala was told not to use his cellphone, computer or to watch TV for more than three months. Accommodations were made for him at school, like closing the blinds in the classroom to block out light, moving him to the front of the classroom so he could keep focused on the lessons.Progress moved at a sloth-like pace, the symptoms lingering months after the initial impact.I felt like, `Am I going to get better? he said. I was really scared.The previous protocol for concussion treatment was rest and more rest. In recent years, doctors have taken a more proactive, multi-disciplinary approach.From a physical standpoint, doctors can prescribe headache medicines and help patients work on their balance. They offer speech therapy and will work with patients on regaining their hand-eye coordination.Doctors now also work on behavioral therapies, helping patients get past the irritability, anxiety and depression that can often come with a concussion. There are cognitive therapies as well, assisting patients with their short-term memory, focus and tasks like calculations or finding the right words when their minds struggle.Our recommendation is you can be active in your recovery aside from that initial period of two to four days, Cardenas said. We want them to get back to being active, healthy and normal, but still avoid injury.Ayalas case was atypical.Most teenagers will recover from a concussion in 14 to 21 days. Ayala continued to have symptoms nearly two years after his injury.Teresa said it took about a year of working with Cardenas before she saw my son come back. Even then, it wasnt until recently that Rudy was cleared to return to sports. He still occasionally suffers headaches.I would hate for anyone to have to go through anything like that, said Ayala, now a senior at Tempe. I know I wouldnt.Ayala is currently a member of Tempes cheer squad for football games and plans to go out for the baseball team next spring.His football career is over. ' ' '